Wuo Change lives in Bangkok, Thailand. He was suffering from Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD). His family is unable to afford medical attention. A group of volunteers from the world health organization (WHO) offered their assistance by offering Wuo Changs village “Golden Rice”, rice that is high in vitamin A levels. Genetically Engineered foods are a new alternative that offers healthy outcomes and keep the environment safe with the pesticide free crops.
Genetically Engineering (GE) is a safe and convenient way to provide more food to our communities. For many years people have been consuming various types of GE foods with considerable health benefits. Scientific data has shown that GE foods are both healthy and safe to feed other countries. Based on two decades of experience with bioengineered foods and over whelming scientific data these foods are safe to eat. Biotechnology can offer a safe and important tool for exporting food into deficient countries. By manipulating plants still further with the new technology, scientists will be able to produce more nutritious and beneficial food with higher protein and vitamin contents. In turn this will help people that lack the basic nutrients to live.
There are a variety of plants such as soybeans, potatoes, rice and wheat that have been genetically engineered to be more beneficial and safe to consume. Some people would argue that genetically engineered food is unhealthy to eat, despite its nutrients. Recent research however has proved that wrong. Other researchers created a GE brand of potato that is resistant to leaf roll virus and beetles. It was planted in Colorado and demonstrated no need for insecticides. The GE crops most popular with growers are corn, soybeans and cotton, which are high yielding and posses good qualities. With GE food providing a high qualities of basic crops. It can provide food supply for food deficient communities.
Genetically Engineered food provides a safe alternative with safer food and better qualities. Swiss scientists recently inserted a gene into rice that has the effect of increasing Bete-Carotene content which our bodies transform into Vitamin A. improvement in food quality: removes toxins and allergens, vitamin and iron enriched grain, better flavor; better qualities. Secondary metabolite are substances which form part of the plants immune systems, and which also help to fight cancer in humans, GE food is a beneficial way to use an alternate food source. GE food helps build the human immune system by providing vitamin A and other iron enriched food.
The world population is growing in large numbers each year; presenting more mouths to feed and less food to go around, this is resulting in malnutrition. With GE we can fight the epidemic by providing more enriched food with the increasing population, we need to look into alternative food sources. This allows more food of higher nutritional value to be grown on less land. There is a wide agreement that the population will increase by two billion over the next 20 years. With the population now around six billion, that would represent a one-third increase in the number of mouths to feed. Even production for existing needs is inadequate.GE food has the power to stop the struggle for food and make the population healthier. At the moment about two billion people are undernourished. That is a third of the worlds whole population. About half of these victims suffer serious malnutrition while the other half have various vitamin deficiencies. GE food can help reduce world hunger by producing plants that are vitamin enriched.
Since malnutrition is such a big problem in the world, GE foods can provide a safe out by producing crops that have high vitamin and iron qualities. Over 100,000,000 people suffer in many ways from vitamin A deficiency. Each year, two million children die and half a million go blind from lack of vitamin A. The new GE rice has the potential to put an end to all this suffering and dieing, as well as eliminating malnutrition. There is also a need to bring everyone up to the level of an affluent but sensible eater. This means a diversity of diet that allows food to meet all nutritional needs and also be pleasant to eat. Not only can GE make the food more nutritious, but it also tastes good.
Vitamin A deficiency is one of the leading causes of malnutrition, with the GE rice the problem could be greatly reduced. According to the world health organization, around 2.8 million children under five years of age currently exhibit a severe clinical manifestation of vitamin A deficiency known as exophthalmia. It has been demonstrated that vitamin S could lower child mortality by about one-third in many parts of the world. GE food could prevent thousands of needless deaths. Some 40% of the world people suffer from micro nutritional deficiency. The solution tot his problem is now being promised through GE. In the face of growing resistance to the first generation of genetically modified foodstuffs, vitamin A or “golden ride” provides a golden opportunity to restore biotechnology to the public acceptability. Not only will it address a global public health problem, but it is being promised free to farmers. Technical fixes such as these will only treat the symptoms of micro nutrition deficiency and propagate the problem, which is caused by declining diversity in the food being consumed. Golden rice is a great opportunity to take advantage of the vitamins that are available. Scientists are trying to promote GE foods as an opportunity to help underprivledged people; Golden rice has the potential to help these people byprovidingal alternative food source and help farmers gain their position in the food industry
GE foods are beneficial for the environment, producing crops that need fewer pesticides. GE foods also help provide the poor with a stable food source. GE foods help our environment because they don’t require as many pesticides and they provide safer food to consume. GE plants may someday be an important energy source, supplementing our dwindling oil resources. Researchers at Novartis Seeds developed vegetables resistant to plant infection. They identified a virus resistant gene and transferred it to tomatoes, melons, lettuce and peppers, giving them immunity. With more research going on every day and new breakthroughs happening one right after another, soon every fruit and vegetable will have more nutrients and making them immune to infection and pesticides.
With new technology in GE foods, more nutrients can be added to make the food better, less food will go to waste because it will be more efficient. The general population will be able to save more on resources and reduce food waste. With the food saved, we can use that for other communities to benefit from.GE food is more convenient because it produces less salvage because the quantity is more contained. It is worthy of note that increased yields will fallow as a direct consequence of fewer losses in better protected crops, making food cheaper and more plentiful in the future. By manipulating plants further with new technology scientists will be able to produce more nutritious and healthy food, with higher protein and vitamin content.
GE food provides the poor community with food that is safer to eat because of decreased pesticide use. Poor people would might find it hard to afford the fruit and vegetables they need to reduce their health risks, but the World Health Organization has estimated that between 3.5 – 5 million people globally suffer acute pesticide poisoning every year. So the program concludes that what ever the benefits would be, it is almost certainly beneficial on a wider scale. GE foods make our environment much better, they require fewer pesticides and insecticides. They help reduce or even eliminate populations of crop harming insects, weeds and parasites. GE foods are safe and will benefit our environment with better and more efficient even yield.
As the months go on and Wuo Changs food is more enriched, the VAD has been decreasing and he is getting better. Thanks to genetic engineering, it has helped many problems like this all over the world. Not only does it help this but it also provides a safe alternate food source.